Master of Science in Food Process Engineering


Candidates are required to take a total of 32 credit hours, 18 of which are the required courses listed below, six to eight credit hours in research and thesis, six credit hours must be taken from Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering courses, and the remaining one to two credit hours can be taken from FdSN electives, if needed.

Core Courses (18)
FDSN 505Food Microbiology3
FDSN 506Food Microbiology Laboratory3
FDSN 521Food Process Engineering3
FDSN 522Advanced Food Process Engineering3
FDSN 524Fundamentals of Food Science3
FDSN 541Principles of Food Packaging3
Thesis Research (6-8)
FDSN 591Research and Thesis6-8
Elective Courses (6)
Select a minimum of two courses from the following:6
Statistical Tools for Engineers3
Numerical and Data Analysis3
Process Design I3
Statistical Quality and Process Control3
Bioprocess Engineering3
Biotechnological Processes in Environmental Engineering3
Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering3
FdSN Electives (0-2)
Select zero to two credit hours from the following:0-2
Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry 3
Development, Delivery, and Dissemination3
Food Biotechnology3
Food Analysis3
Food Product Development3
Food Law and Regulations3
Low-Acid Canned Food Regulations and Microbiology 13
Food Engineering Process Delivery 13
Engineering Principles of Food 13
HACCP Planning and Implementation3
Seminars in Food Science and Nutrition1
Special Projects1-6
Special Problems1-6

Minimum degree credits required: 32


Courses are designed specifically for the Certificate in Food Processing Specialist program.

Research for the thesis must be carried out under the direct supervision of a participating faculty member. Based on the requirements of the research project, thesis committee members may be chosen from university faculty members from various departments, FdSN/FDA scientists, and the food industry scientists. The final thesis examination consists of submission of a written thesis, followed by an oral presentation open to all IFSH staff and the university community. A thesis may be completed outside the department only by special arrangement with the department chair. The final examination is normally oral, but may be written at the discretion of the thesis examining committee.

As a part of the thesis, the student is expected to contribute to one or more high quality peer-reviewed journal article(s). The student is also encouraged to present the research at a national professional society meeting.

Students may enroll in a ChBE course that is not listed above, with FdSN adviser approval.